No one wants to overpay for a Walt Disney World vacation, even if they have a large budget for the trip. I thought it might be a good idea to pass along ways to save and maybe turn it into a weekly series. You have to admit, Sunday Savings Series has kind of a nice ring to it.
I thought a good place to start would be with bounceback offers. This is something that many people have never heard of, even if they have stayed at Walt Disney World before. The idea is pretty simple. If you stay at a Walt Disney World resort, there will usually be some type of offer to entice you to return, or “bounceback” as it were. The deals vary, but the most common are deeply discounted rates or free dining.
If you don’t know where to find the bounceback offer, try in the Welcome Pack in your room. If it’s not there, look through the other information that is provided. You can also call extension 8844 from the phone in your room and ask what the current bounceback offer is.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind. You can only book while you are a guest at a Walt Disney World resort. If you have not yet checked in, or if you have already checked out, you are not eligible. A small deposit will be required when you make the bounceback reservation. If you have been working with a travel agent you still can, just let your TA know that you’ve booked a bounceback offer.
Bounceback offers are impulse buys, and spur of the moment decisions are not always the best decisions. Don’t panic if you think you made a mistake. You’ll have 30 days to cancel the new reservation with no penalty. If your plans change and you need to reschedule you can do that as well, but the new dates must fit within the terms of the offer.
If you are dreaming of returning to Walt Disney World while you are still there, taking advantage of the bounceback offer could be a smart way to save money. Just make sure that you read over all the information before you book, so that you will know exactly what you are agreeing to.